9 days in Japan Itinerary

9 days in Japan Itinerary

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9 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Beijing
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Tokyo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Nagoya
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Kyoto
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Kobe
— 1 night
train:  30​min
5
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Beijing

2
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun): wander the streets of Odaiba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senso-ji Temple, and then wander the streets of Ueno.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Tokyo trip planner .

Beijing, China to Tokyo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from Beijing to Tokyo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Beijing in November, expect Tokyo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 19°C and 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nagoya.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiyose Sunflower Farm, Chikurin Park
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Yanaka ©
Yanaka

1
night
Nagoya

Nagoya ©
Known nationally as an industrial heartland, Nagoya boasts a far more cosmopolitan and cultural core than its reputation would lead you to believe.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Atsuta Jingu Shrine, examine the collection at Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, make a trip to Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, then explore the historical opulence of Nagoya Castle, and finally shop like a local with Sakae.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nagoya online itinerary planner .

Take a train from Tokyo to Nagoya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Tokyo in November, plan for little chillier days in Nagoya, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Nagoya

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Cherry Trees along the Gojo River bank, Spas
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Nagoya Castle ©
Nagoya Castle
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Atsuta Jingu Shrine
Sakae
Sakae

2
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle, contemplate the long history of Genkoan, then contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kennin-ji Temple, take a stroll through Gion, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinnyodo Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Enkō-ji Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shimogamo Jinja.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kyoto driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Nagoya to Kyoto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. November in Kyoto sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can take a train to Kobe.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kennin-ji Temple ©
Kennin-ji Temple

1
night
Kobe

Kobe ©
Walkable, small, and aesthetically charming, Kobe has served as Japan's first and premier international trading outpost since opening to trade with China in the mid-19th century.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Shukugawa Catholic Church, admire the verdant scenery at Arima Onsen, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kobe Municipal Arboretum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kobe Muslim Mosque, then take a stroll through Kobe Harborland, and finally take a stroll through Nankinmachi (Kobe Chinatown).

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Kobe is very close to Kyoto. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Kobe

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shukugawa Catholic Church
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Arima Onsen ©
Arima Onsen
Kobe Harborland ©
Kobe Harborland
Kobe Municipal Arboretum ©
Kobe Municipal Arboretum

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodai-ji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nigatsu-do Temple, stroll around Nara Park, then take an in-depth tour of Kofuku-ji Temple National Treasure Hall, then make a trip to Hozenji Yokocho, and finally wander the streets of Dotonbori. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then contemplate the long history of Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, and finally take a stroll through Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Osaka sightseeing planner .

Osaka is just a stone's throw from Kobe. In November in Osaka, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Nara
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Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Toshodai-ji Temple ©
Toshodai-ji Temple
Nigatsu-do Temple ©
Nigatsu-do Temple

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